COVID-19 – Cook Islands, Fiji, Solomon Islands
Acute Fever and Rash (AFR) – CNMI
Influenza-like Illness (ILI)
PSSS, EPI - WK 15, 2022 Influenza-like Illness (ILI) cases compared to WK 14, 2022 ILI cases are as tabulated as below for comparison. For an added perspective on the figures and trends percentage, country sentinel sites reporting for WKs 14 & 15 are also shown.
Actual increase in the number of ILI cases is seen in CNMI and RMI. The increase seen in Kiribati may be due to the increased number of sites reported for the week.
A reduction of ILI cases were seen in Fiji and FSM for the week. The decrease seen in New Caledonia may be due to the decreased number of sites reported for the week.
No changes were seen to the number of ILI cases in Solomon Islands for the week.
Nil ILI cases were reported for the week from the Cook Islands and Tokelau No reports were available from French Polynesia, Niue, Wallis & Futuna, Palau, Pitcairn Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, and Samoa for the week.
American Samoa, Guam and Nauru have not participated in the surveillance.
Surveillance figures are not intended to capture all country cases but to describe trends over time and are invaluable when trends rise beyond country baselines which should then trigger alerts and timely actions to characterize the actual nature and magnitude of the disease.
Maintaining surveillance of influenza and monitoring SARS-CoV-2 adapting Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) and sentinel systems during the COVID-19 pandemic: Interim guidance WHO guidelines for the implementation of the Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 Multiplex RT-PCR Assay into the influenza and COVID-19 integrated surveillance Refer here The Australian Science Media Centre recently hosted a background briefing on Influenza in times of COVID. Please refer here
SARI (Severe Acute Respiratory Illness)
Severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) as reported from sentinel surveillance (2/18) sites through PSSS.
As of April 21, 2022 a total of 507,605,222 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed including 6,235,308 (1%) deaths and 459,875,123 (99%) recoveries from 215 Countries and Territories. Out of this, currently 41,452,872 (99.9%) are mild cases and 41,919 (0.1%) are serious cases.
As of April 21, 2022, in the Western Pacific Region, there were 52,842,556 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 221,849 deaths.
Pacific Island Countries COVID-19 situation report as follows: